Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Idea quota is an idea generating protocol where you simply set a time and set a quota of ideas that you would like students to generate. The guideline for brainstorming is judgement free, that no idea is a bad idea, and to simply get as many ideas out on sticky notes. Ideally, if you have sticky notes, students write one idea per sticky note so this protocol can be used with other solutions protocols, like affinity mapping.
Idea Quota Protocol Instructions
This protocol is one of my favorites! I find it most successful by having a group start by getting through a whole pad of sticky notes (100 ideas together) and challenge them to get through another pad. It can be challenging when students struggle to pull from their investigation stage. I usually find that prompting questions can help them to generate some starting ideas.
“I am inspired seeing all the ideas students come up with both feasible and infeasible to the driving question…it just shows all the creative possibilities of where they can go with things toward their solution.”
“It was fun coming up with lots of ideas! Even the crazy ones.”
Meet the Educator:
My name is Erin Carmody, and I teach 7th grade PE, 8th grade Health, and 8th grade Guided Academics at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven, Michigan. I have been involved with futurePREP’d since the summer of 2013 in iChallengeUth, iChallengeU, Watercooler Session, PREP’d 2020, and FUZE/Unite4Insight. These amazing experiences inspired me to get my masters in learning design and innovation in 2017 (Go Waves)! I enjoy the process...particularly investigation and ideation. I’m looking forward to learning alongside you and growing our PBL experiences!
"The creative sequence allows for creativity to flourish and reach beyond typical ideas. Each protocol helps build, challenge, and expand upon learning! It truly helps learners dig into what they’re doing and showcase all the possibilities."